SET IN STONE (8.50) is worth the wait in the finale on Hamilton’s seven-race evening card.
The mare landed some nice bets when repelling Strong Steps fairly comfortably here last month and the runner-up has since won at Ayr.
Course form gives her the edge over top weight Alpha McGuire, closely matched with Set In Stone after beating Strong Steps at Ayr 19 days ago.
Dual course and distance scorer Spirit Of Sarwan is raised in grade.
CARBON DATING (7.50) carries the same familiar Thistle Bloodstock colours and although no match for three-year-old King And Queen over course and distance last month, he gave the winner a fright when making a dash for the line two out.
Carbon Dating earlier finished a respectable fourth to Moll Davis, so unlucky at Goodwood this week, and the form is working out well, with runner-up Dark Lochnagar landing some tasty wagers at Chester last Saturday.
Beechwood Jade is a formidable rival, going up a lenient 2lb for winning at Carlisle in June, while Five Helmets is on a hat-trick now trying this longer distance.
TARBOOSH (7.20) ran out a two lengths winner of the Conditions race on this card 12 months ago and has his first run back following a wind operation. Paul Midgley’s sprinter enjoys some cut underfoot and can beat all-weather specialist Corinthia Knight, a winner for Archie Watson on a rare turf outing at Pontefract last month.
Megan Nicholls, successful at Goodwood in midweek, has been booked to partner COOL SPIRIT (6.50) in the lady amateur riders’ event.
Richard Fahey’s gelding made all and hung on to beat Global Spirit over course and distance in May and didn’t enjoy the clearest of runs when seventh to Tricky Dicky on his comeback run at York eight days ago.
Cale Lane, third to Air Raid and Inexes (winner this week) here in June, ran well over a longer trip at Chester last Saturday and should give Paula Muir a good spin.
It is wise to be wary of Irish challengers in low-grade Scottish handicaps and Adrian McGuinness sends CACHE QUEEN (8.20) over to contest the 1m 1f Class 6 handicap.
His filly finished second in a 17-runner handicap at the Galway festival last August and although she hasn’t shown an awful lot since over longer trips, Cache Queen may be smart enough to fend off in-form local challengers Rosemay, Cliff Bay and Retirement Beckons.
The third-place effort of Bobby Jean here in late May, behind Ivory Charm and Forever A Lady, also puts her into the mix. Some firms are offering four places each-way.
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